SHAY GIVEN SAYS STOKE WOULD DO WELL WITH SIGNING DEFENDER FROM BRIGHTON

Stoke City are keen on signing Brighton & Hove Albion centre-back Matt Clarke, Stoke-on-Trent Live has revealed. Clarke, 25, spent last season on loan with West Brom in the Championship. The centre-back featured 33 times in the league, scoring once as he helped the Baggies claim an eventual 10th place finish. Now though, Stoke-on-Trent Live report that Clarke is ‘expected to be available’ this summer, either in another loan move on in a permanent move, and that Stoke City are among a number of Championship clubs keen.

Clarke is a graduate of the Ipswich Town youth academy but moved to Portsmouth in 2015 where he racked up well over 100 league appearances, before being snapped up by Brighton in 2019. But he’s yet to make his debut for the Seagulls having spent the 2019/20 and 2020/21 seasons on loan with Derby County. Now though, Clarke could be about to seal a permanent exit from the south coast club, and Stoke City could be the club to land him.

                    SHAY GIVEN TIPS OBAFEMI TO BECOME IRELAND’S FUTURE STAR

The Republic of Ireland secured their first ever Nations League victory, and they did it in style, beating Scotland 3-0 at the Aviva Stadium. Stephen Kenny’s side started on the front foot and were rewarded after 20 minutes as Alan Browne bundled the ball home from a corner, before Troy Parrott added a second eight minutes later, timing his run to perfection to help Michael Obafemi’s ball home. And provider turned goalscorer six minutes into the second half as Obafemi grabbed the goal of the game with a wonderstrike from outside the box to wrap up the win.

Another bright start for Ireland with Knight again showing early, as Kennys’s side looked to bring more energy to the side following two defeats, and it took less that four minutes to work their first attack on goal as Alan Browne’s clipped the ball into box, with Parrott lurking, however, Craig Gordon did enough to clear the danger. The Scots were slow to get going but looked very dangerous once up the field with Anthony Ralston outmuscling James McClean before playing a dangerous ball across the face. Andy Robertson arrived in from the left and let fly but Browne made a vital block.

NEWCASTLE: GIVEN SUGGESTS FIVE, SIX SIGNINGS

Newcastle United legend Shay Given has urged the club to sign five or six more players to challenge at the top end of the Premier League table in the new season. Shay Given suggested potential new signings at St. James Park while he was on Premier League TV for the 2021/22 show. Given is a former Newcastle United goalkeeper who was a regular in the starting XI for several years. Apart from the Magpies, the Republic of Ireland man also played for Manchester City and Aston Villa. The retired Irish international spent the longest part of his career at Newcastle United.


On reinforcements needed for the Newcastle United squad this summer, Shay Given mentioned Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson as a possible transfer as the England international would provide competition for Slovakian star Martin Dubravka who’s the first choice goalkeeper at St. James Park. For the defence, Burnley star James Tarkowski was mentioned as a possible addition to the Newcastle United squad. Tarkowski is available on a free transfer after his contract expired at Burnley who were demoted to the English Championship from the Premier League. Everton, Aston Villa and West Ham United have also been linked with the 29-year-old Burnleycentre back.

NEWCASTLE: GIVEN LAUDS BRUNO GUIMARES IMPACT

Newcastle United legend Shay Given has lauded the impact of new signing Bruno Guimares at the club since he made the move from French giants Lyon during the winter transfer window. Shay Given praised the impact that the Brazilian midfielder has had on the Magpies since his move in January while he was on Premier League TV. According to him, Bruno Guimares is a fans favourite at Newcastle United in a matter of months when it took him 12 years to achieve the same status.


Retired Republic of Ireland shot stopper Shay Given spent the majority of his Premier League career at Newcastle United. He also featured for clubs such as Aston Villa and Manchester City.

NKETIAH UNLUCKY AGAINST CHELSEA – GIVEN

Newcastle United legend Shay Given said young Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah was unlucky to be withdrawn from the London Derby encounter at Chelsea in the Premier League last week Wednesday after his impressive two-goal performance. Shay Given talked about Nketiah and Arsenal while he was in the Premier League TV studios alongside Gunners legend Ian Wright. According to him, former England junior international Nketiah would be disappointed that he had to leave the pitch in the 70th minute for Brazilian international Gabriel Martinelli as he missed out on the chance to score a hat-trick against the club that released him as a teenager.


Both Shay Given and Ian Wright praised Nketiah who was able to seize the opportunity given to him by Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta during the Premier League clash with the reigning European champions. The Gunners were clinical against Chelsea with two goals in each on the way to a 4-2 victory with Nketiah at the heart of the superb goalscoring display.

PEP WILL SIGN NEW DEAL – GIVEN

Former Aston Villa, Manchester City and Newcastle United shot stopper Shay Given is certain that Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola will sign a new deal at  the club thus taking him beyond the summer of 2023 when his current deal will expire. Shay Given talked about Pep and the possibility of signing a new City contract in a chat withtalkSPORT.


Shay Given made 50 appearances for Manchester City at the start of the takeover at the club many years ago andthe Irishman has retained an interest in the club since he left their playing roster.

GIVEN BACKED ROONEY TO BE GOOD FIT FOR EVERTON JOB

After English Premier League outfit Everton sacked their underoerforning manager Rafael Benitez following a series of poor performances and unacceptable results, the Toffees were in dire need of a replacement. After the appointment of Benitez some months ago as a replacement for Carlo Ancelotti who left the club to return to take over at Spanish La Liga giants Real Madrid, the opinions of Everton fans were divided. While some were unimpressed because he had previously managed the club’s fierce Merseyside rivals Liverpool in the past, some others were giving him the benefit of a doubt and wanted to see him do well.

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But just like how things don’t always work out how we want or plan, Benitez was not able to turn Everton’s fortunes around and it eventually cost him his job in the process. Following series of defeats in the League and the last one before his sack, an embarrassing hike defeat to Huddersfield, it was clear that he had no idea how to make things better at the club and they sacked him as a result.

KELLEHER NEEDS LOAN MOVE – GIVEN

Young Liverpool goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher will hugely benefit from a loan move according to former Premier League shot stopper Shay Given. Retired Republic of Ireland star Shay Given is widely regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League era.

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Given played for the likes of Newcastle United, Manchester City and Aston Villa in the Premier League before he retired. He discussed Liverpool shot stopper Kelleher and his need for a loan move in an interview with Premier Sport. According to him, Irishman Kelleher needs to knock on the door of his manager over a loan move. Shay Given advised him to approach Liverpool manager JurgenKlopp over a loan move during this winter transfer window.

RAMSDALE: ARSENAL RECRUITMENT TEAM DESERVES CREDIT

Ex-Newcastle United, Manchester City and Aston Villa shot stopper has hailed the Arsenal recruitment team for the signing of Aaron Ramsdale who has been the best player at the club since he made his debut in the big win over West Brom in August.

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Newly capped England international Ramsdale played his first Arsenal game during the Carabao Cup second round clash at English Championship side West Brom and he managed to keep a clean sheet on the way to the 6-0 thumping of the Baggies thanks to the goals from club skipper Pierre-EmerickAubameyang (three goals), Bukayo Saka, Nicholas Pepe and second half substitute Alexandre Lacazette.

NEWCASTLE SHOULD TARGET MBAPPE, HAALAND

Newcastle United legend Shay Given has told the new owners to target big names such as KylianMbappe and ErlingHaaland in the January transfer window.Shay Given talked about his former club and the transfer window while he was doing pre-match analysis for the Bein Sports ahead of the Premier League matchup between Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur at St. James Park.

Struggling Newcastle United played hosts to Spurs in their first game after the club’s takeover was officially approved. Shay Given and other Newcastle United fans are delighted with the £300m Saudi-led takeover of the club and it is almost certain that they will sign some quality players in the January transfer window.